Ugly

Robert Hoge, illus. by Keith Robinson. Viking, $16.99 (208p) ISBN 978-0-425-28775-0
Writing with humor, honesty, compassion, and grace, Hoge recounts his life story, having been born with such severe physical deformities that his mother refused to see him. “Don’t even consider bringing him home,” a doctor said, “just forget him”—advice his four older siblings voted to ignore. Corrective surgeries continued throughout Hoge’s childhood as his medical team worked to give him “a new face that was more acceptable to society.” Hoge captures the nuances of his atypical experience; for example, he acknowledges “the doctors’ wonderful ingenuity in making me a new nose” out of an amputated toe, but “Toe Nose” tops his list of hurtful nicknames (“To this day, it’s the one nickname that has any real power over me”). Hoge’s parents’ determination to provide him with as normal an upbringing as possible, combined with his own outgoing nature and desire to participate in all activities, makes his coming-of-age story unique and universal. His first independent medical decision testifies to the power of a loving family and a courageous soul. Final art not seen by PW. Ages 8–12. Author’s agent: Daniel Lazar, Writers House. Illustrator’s agency: Bright Agency. (Sept.)
Reviewed on: 06/20/2016
Release date: 09/06/2016
Genre: Children's
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